Experts say Earth’s aphelion, when the sun is furthest away, has no impact on temperatures or human health

Published on 02/08/2022 at 16:16

Posts shared on Facebook in Africa and Europe claim that a cosmological event called the “aphelion phenomenon” has been causing extremely cold weather on Earth since July 4, 2022, and will continue to do so until August 22, 2022, because of the increased distance to the sun. The posts also claim the event will cause people to fall ill. But this is false: two astronomers told AFP Fact Check the aphelion is an annual occurrence which has no impact on Earth’s temperature or human health.